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POETRY READERS

Mariel Alonzo is a bisexual activist, currently studying Psychology at the Ateneo de Davao University (Mindanao, Philippines). She has been a finalist in the Winter Tangerine Awards, Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, and Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Hawaii Review, AJAR, SAND, and other journals.

 

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Lesya Bazylewicz graduated with a BA in Writing Seminars and English from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Chaffee Writing Prize. Her poems appear in or are forthcoming from Third Coast, New South, Salamander, and elsewhere. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Dallas.

 

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Ellie Black is a recent graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where she received a BA in English - Creative Writing, served as the editor-in-chief of the Aonian, and held an internship with the Oxford American. She received first prize in the 2017 Jeanie Dolan Carter Memorial Collegiate Contest, and her work can be found in or is forthcoming from Gingerbread House and Split Lip Magazine. She is a 2018 June fellow at the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, and currently works as an Associate Editor with Sibling Rivalry Press.

 

Sage Calder Hahn grew up in rural Northwest Connecticut and currently lives in Boston. She recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University in Creative Writing and English, and currently works as a sex-educator in Brookline. Her writing has either been featured in or is forthcoming from Open Letters Monthly and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

 

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Emily Cinquemani is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she worked as a Poetry Editor for the Greensboro Review. Her poetry has recently appeared in Meridian and Gravel

 

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Kell Connor is a queer poet living in Nebraska. Her work appears in Columbia Poetry ReviewBig LucksBennington ReviewVerse, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook For Destruction (Doom Town, 2018). 

 

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Lisa Favicchia is a PhD candidate in the Creative Writing program at the University of Kansas. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Midwestern Gothic, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Hobart, Inscape Journal, Switchback, and Peregrine Journal, among others.

 

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Joseph Felkers is a freshman at Harvard University. He hasn’t had anything published since this bio was last updated, but his poetry is hanging out in Juked, SOFTBOW, Rust + Moth, and decomP, among others. He also dropped his last job as an ice cream scooper, and now prunes roses for cash.

 

Samantha Leigh Futhey received her MFA from the Creative Writing and Environment program at Iowa State University. She has poetry published in and forthcoming from Zone 3, Ninth Letter Online, Louisville Review, and Salamander, among others. She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

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Gavin Gao graduated with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where he received two Avery Hopwood Awards and the Arthur Miller Arts Award for his writing. His works have appeared in or are forthcoming from Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly ReviewRise Up Review, Inscape Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Brisbane, Australia. 

 

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Kate Gaskin's poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Cimarron Review, Guernica, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Blackbird, among others. She is a recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as the winner of the Pinch’s 2017 Literary Award in Poetry.

 

Matty Layne Glasgow is the author deciduous qween, selected by Richard Blanco as the winner of the 2017 Benjamin Saltman Award and forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2019. Matty’s poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, BOAAT, Muzzle Magazine, the Collagist, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. He lives with his partner in Houston, Texas, where he teaches with Writers in the Schools.

 

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Hannah Goldstein is an experiential educator and full-time volunteer. She is a recent graduate of Colgate University, where she studied English and Political Science. Her work has been published in the Colgate Portfolio, and in the summer of 2015, she was selected for a poetry workshop and residency facilitated by Carolyn Forché through Writing Workshops in Greece. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

 

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Kimberly Grabowski Strayer is a poet and horsewoman from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she received her B.A. in English Writing from Kalamazoo College. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from The University of Pittsburgh. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Superstition Review, Midwestern Gothic, Cleaver MagazineCrab Fat Magazine, and others. Her chapbook, Afterward, is available from Dancing Girl Press.

 

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Kinsale Hueston is a 2017 National Student Poet, and a senior in high school from Southern California. An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Kinsale’s work seeks to contemporize Native American culture and address modern issues facing her tribe. Kinsale is also the recipient of the Yale Young Native Storytellers Award for Spoken Word/Storytelling, and two National Scholastic Gold Medals for Poetry and Dramatic Script.

 

Cory Hutchinson-Reuss grew up in Arkansas and holds a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in journals such as the Pinch, Drunken Boat, Four Way Review, Salamander, and Crazyhorse, as the recipient of 2016 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize for Poetry. She lives in Iowa City with her family.

 

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Wayne Johns' poems have appeared in Best New Poets, New England Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Image, and elsewhere. He received the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize for The Exclusion Zone (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018). His first collection, Antipsalms, received the Editor’s Choice award from Unicorn Press and will be released this fall.

 

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Zane Johnson is a poet and translator from Denver, Colorado. Recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from the American Journal of Poetry, Cold Creek Review, Window, and elsewhere. His translations have appeared in the German-language online magazine Der Goldene Fisch.

 

Christos Kalli, born in Larnaca, Cyprus, holds a First Class MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, and will be attending the University of Cambridge to further advance his studies. His poetry has been translated into French and shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, and his chapbook INT. NIGHT was a finalist for the Sutra Press Chapbook Contest. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from the American Journal of Poetry, the Adroit Journal, the Los Angeles Review, the minnesota review, PANK, the Hollins Critic, Harpur Palate, and Dunes Review, among others. He is a Poetry Reader for the Adroit Journal and a nominee for Best New Poets (2018). Visit him at christoskalli.com.

 

Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is the author of The Ghost Wife, winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Drunken Boat, Indiana Review, the Missouri Review Online, TriQuarterly, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She was awarded the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, was a recipient of the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship, and a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship in 2015. Currently she is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and an organizer for Undocupoets. Please visit estherlinpoems.wordpress.com for more information.

 

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Christine Marella is from Northern California, but now lives near Chicago, as a junior at Northwestern University. Her writing has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, as well as by the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom. Prior to Northwestern, Christine attended Emory University in Atlanta, where she received the Artistine Mann Award for Best Undergraduate Poetry.

 

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James McKenna is a senior at Florida Southern College, where he majors in English with minors in women and gender studies and business administration. He serves as the managing editor of Cantilevers, Florida Southern’s journal of the arts. Jim has had poems featured in the Hawai’i Pacific Review and Mangrove Literary Journal, and is currently an editorial intern with Coffee House Press.

 

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Kathryn Merwin is a graduate of the MFA program at Western Washington University originally from Washington, D.C. Her poems have appeared in BlackbirdSugar House Review, CutBank, Booth, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She has been awarded such honors as the Blue Earth Review Prize for Poetry, the Nancy D. Hargrove Editor's Prize, and the 12017 Sixfold Award. 

 

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Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer originally from the West Side of Chicago. A nominee for the Bettering American Poetry Anthology and alumnus of Vanderbilt University, his work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in ApogeeHEArt OnlineHobartGlass: A Journal of PoetryKweliPuerto del Sol, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other publications. 

 

Meghann Plunkett was the winner of the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize. She was also a finalist for North American Review’s 2017 Hearst Poetry Prize, as well as Narrative Magazine's 2016 30 Below Contest. Meghann is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she was awarded the 2016 & 2017 Academy of American Poets College Prizes. Her poems appear  in or are forthcoming from Narrative Magazine, North American Review, Adroit Journal, The Paris-American, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, decomP Magazine, and storySouth, among others.

 

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Michael Pontacoloni’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. He has received awards and support from the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He lives in Hartford, where he runs a small vintage clothing company.

 

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Andy Powell is a Teaching Artist for DreamYard in the Bronx and for Cooper Union’s Saturday Program, has poems out with or forthcoming from Winter Tangerine Review, Voicemail Poems, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, took 3rd prize in Ambit’s 2016 competition, selected by Sarah Howe, and is a 2018 fellow to the Poetry Foundation & Crescendo Literary’s Poetry Incubator.

 

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Varun Ravindran was born in India and presently lives in Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Pleiades, the Adroit Journal, cream city review, and elsewhere.

 

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Dominique Salas is a native of El Paso, Texas, and a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Huizache, Bone Bouquet, Apogee Journal, the Volta, jubilat, and Bennington Review. You can find her on Twitter as @soydominique.

 

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Since Heidi Seaborn started writing in 2016, her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Nimrod, Mississippi Review, Penn Review, Yemassee Journal, American Journal of Poetry and in her chapbook Finding My Way Home. She’s won or been shortlisted for over a dozen prizes. Her first book of poetry, C/Leave is forthcoming from C&R Press/Mastodon. She’s an MFA candidate at New York University, a graduate of Stanford University, and a member of The Adroit Journal's staff. Visit her online at www.heidiseabornpoet.com.

 

Shakthi Shrima's work has appeared in or is forthcoming from BOAAT, Muzzle Magazine, and DIALOGIST, among others. Shakthi Shrima is forthcoming at the local Wawa at 4am.

 

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Avia Tadmor is an Israeli writer and translator completing her MFA at Columbia University, where she also teaches undergraduate writing. Her work appears in New England Review, Crab Orchard Review, Adroit Journal, Apogee, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. Avia is the recent recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. She was named a finalist for the 2016 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and a semi-finalist for the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize.

 

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Parisa Thepmankorn is a student at Brown University originally from New Jersey. The winner of the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine, she has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work has been published in Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart, Words Dance, and Up the Staircase Quarterly, among others.

 

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Emily Tian is a high school senior from Rockville, Maryland. She is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award. She is a featured Gigantic Sequins Teen Poet, and her work has previously been honored by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Claremont Review, among others.

 

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Ben Togut is a senior at Columbia Preparatory School in New York City. In his free time, he enjoys writing songs, drinking lattes with an inordinate amount of cinnamon, and having an existential crisis watching the nightly news. He has received national recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and has work forthcoming from Bitterzoet Magazine.

 

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Amish Trivedi has an MFA from Brown University, and is currently a Ph.D. student at Illinois State University. He's the author of Sound/Chest (Coven), and has poems in Kenyon Review Online, New American Writing, Hyperallergic, Typo, and other places. He's reviewed poetry for Sink and Jacket2 and has reviewed music for the Rumpus

 

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Kara Kai Wang is a Chinese American poet based out of San Francisco. Her work has been published in Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, the Adroit Journal, Ninth Letter, Best New Poets, and others. She is the recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell Colony. A graduate of University of Oregon’s MFA program, she is currently a medical student at UCSF. 

 

Shelley Whitaker is a graduate of Hollins University, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize and a nomination for the AWP Intro Journals Project. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Adroit Prize for Poetry, selected by Garth Greenwell. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming at Punchnel'sVerse DailyNinth Letter Online, and poets.org. 

 

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Roy White is a blind person who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a lovely human and an affable lab mix. His work has appeared, or is about to appear, in PoetryBOAATBaltimore ReviewTinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. He can be found on Twitter at @surrealroy.

 

Jim Whiteside’s debut chapbook, Writing Your Name on the Glass, is forthcoming from Bull City Press in 2019. His poems have received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned his MFA. Jim’s recent poems have appeared or will soon appear in journals such as the Southern Review, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and Washington Square Review. Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, he has recently relocated to Madison, Wisconsin.

 

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Lizabeth Yandel is a writer and musician based in San Diego, CA and originally from Chicago. She is currently completing a lyric novella about the city of New Orleans, and is an MFA candidate at San Diego State University. Her work can be found in Rattle, Lumina Journal, and Popshot Magazine, and was chosen as runner up for the 2018 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry.

 

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Alex C. Zhang is a current undergraduate student at Columbia University from Portage, Michigan. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Southern Indiana Review, Rust + Moth, Blueshift Journal, Adroit Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing, Best Teen Writing of 2016, and other publications.

 

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Alex Zitzner is an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an active member of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. His poems have recently been featured in or are forthcoming from Volume OneSink Hollow, and Zaum. When he isn't working on poems, his hobbies include skateboarding, painting, and listening to Lou Reed.